Abbey of Saint-Michel-en-l'Herm

Saint-Michel-en-l'Herm, Departement de la Vendée, Pays de la Loire, France
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The Royal Abbey of Saint-Michel-en-l'Herm.
The history of the abbey traces back to 682 AD, it was
the second monastic foundation in Vendée after Noirmoutier. In 1569, Protestants attacked the abbey and killed approximately 200 monks dwelling within the walls of this structure. The motives of the attack are still being debated, but one main theory is that the Protestants came to seek the treasure and manuscripts left hidden in the abbey by the Bishop of Luçon.

Nowadays, this abbey is private and you can only visit the Monks' Calefactory (XIIth century), the Chapter House (XIIIth century) and the Refectory (XVIIth century).

Open in July and August
Visits only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
2 visits in the morning : 10.00am, 11.00am
3 visits in the afternoon : 3.00pm, 4.00pm, 5.00pm
Please buy your tickets at the Tourist Office and then, wait for the guide near the entrance.

GPS Coordinates: 46.3553, -1.2475

  • Added: 17 Jul 2012
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